How your physical health can impact your mood

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” —The World Health Organization

Nutrition: If your diet is high in processed foods, you are far more susceptible to depression. Micronutrient and Omega 3 fatty acid deficiencies also increase feelings of depression. Increasing your intake of fish, fruits, and vegetables can help mitigate these feelings.

Hydration: Your water intake can have a major impact on your mood, energy, and cognitive function. If you don’t drink enough water, you can have problems concentrating as well as with short term memory. You should be drinking eight 8oz of water every day. Even mild dehydration can take a significant toll, sometimes resulting in fatigue, confusion, and negative emotion.

Exercise: Exercising increases your body’s levels of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels. Studies have shown that physical activity can reduce symptoms of depression and increase self-esteem. Even just 30 minutes of exercise 5 or more days a week can have a positive impact on your overall mood. Exercise can also alleviate stress and symptoms of anxiety. People with ADHD have shown improvements in concentration, memory, and mood due to physical activity.

Sleep: People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to experience negative thoughts and emotional vulnerability. Sleep problems have been linked to depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, as well as ADHD. A good night’s sleep helps deter irritability and provides more consistent emotions. Read more about sleep benefits here!